Houston judge bars BP from destroying spill records

HOUSTON Judge Reece Rondon, at a hearing Tuesday, extended the order until May 25.

The order was initially granted April 30 on behalf of Stephen Stone, a BP employee who was on the offshore rig at the time of the April 20 explosion that left 11 workers dead.

Stone's attorney Brent Coon says he sought the order because in a previous case against BP, in a 2005 refinery explosion in Texas City, e-mails that served as evidence had been removed from the oil giant's computers.

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